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golden copper mine in chile for three weeks are alive and well but rescue workers may not reach them until christmas. a live report from chile ahead. after a scandal over race caused shirley sherrod her job, this morning she finally meets face to face with her former boss. tom vilsack wants her back. we'll track the story. behind the islamic center two blocks from ground zero, the imam there is on an overseas trips and critics question whether he is raising too much money for it. we'll look into the facts this morning. the "a.m. fix" blog is up and running. go to cnn.com/amfix. up first, what some are calling the miracle of the miners in chile. it is really an amazing story but far from over. 393 men have been trapped underground since august 5th. their families prayed that they
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were alive. those prayers have been answered. amazing sounds. if you're wondering what that is, that was the chilean national anthem from 2,500 feet down. against all odds, proof they are alive. miners also sent a message from below a note that said all 33 of us are alive inside the shelter. but it is just the beginning for them. rescue crews say they may not be able to reach them for months. karl penhaul has the latest from chile. >> reporter: they actually have to bring a different drill from a different part of chile. that drill is on its way, it has fob broken down into pieces. once that drill gets to the mine near where i am, it will then take several days to assemble it and then begin drilling down that 2,300 feet down to the
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shelter where the miners are. now this drill is not very far. i understand from ex. per experts it can drill from 60 to 90 feet away depending on rock conditions. they have a drill a small hole first. then once they drill the small hole, then they go and drill a wider hole, a little bit wider than shoulder length, and it is then that they can start to bring the men out. so do the math. if there's a maximum 90 feet a day, it's 2,300 feet. progress is going to be very slow there. like you say, people saying maybe they'll be out by christmas. >> incredible. incredible that it may take that long. >> and they say that down there it's 90 to 95 degrees. 33 men in that. amazing. >> obviously they don't have all of the comforts of the rest of us on the surface. they are in for a long ordeal
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but it sounds like they've got some serious expertise on the case and there's -- >> they're still alive. >> this case may still work out. we hope for the best. at 7:10 eastern we'll speak to the former director of the mine safety and health administration about the conditions they're dealing with down there and whether the tiny lifeline they have right now is enough. former usda staffer shirley sherrod will meet with her old boss in morning. agriculture secretary tom vilsack offered her a new job after sherrod was forced to resign last month. you'll remember that. it is the first face-to-face meeting since the relate-related scandal that erupted after a conservative activist andrew breitbart uploaded misleading and incomplete video of the speech she'd given. will she take the job? brian todd is following developments. it is an election year of course and it's tuesday. so we've got lots of primary action happening across the
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country. americans are going to the polls today to vote. voters will have their say in primaries in five different states -- florida, arizona, alaska, oklahoma and vermont. >> big-dollar races. and the gop is slugging it out in arizona. incumbent senator john mccain spending $20 million in his campaign against former congressman and conservative talk show host j.d. hayworth. hayworth accusing mccain of not being a true conservative. this has gotten nasty. he's telling our jessica yellin that mccain would lurch left once he was back in d.c. >> it's gotten testy at times in florida. miami democrat congressman kendrick meek is facing a bitter batting from jeff greene, a celebrity-linked real estate billionaire. apparently he knows mike tyson. greene made his fortune off the housing crash causing congressman meek to dub him "a meltdown mogul." greene challenged meek's commitment to israel, a big charge in a very jewish
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populated state down there in florida. on the republican side, voters will decide on their candidate for the governor's race today. >> and there's also alaska incumbent republican senator lisa murkowski is one of the most recognized names if the state. facing a challenge from a little-known candidate joe miller. miller picked up the backing of the tea party movement and sarah palin. >> yeah. and that doesn't hurt. probably doesn't hurt up in alaska. new this morning, the feds still checking the nation's egg supply for traces of salmonella linked to iowa farms. so far half a billion eggs have been recalled. recalls hit 17 states coast to coast. there's too many to name. but if your state's highlighted on the map there on your screen, make sure to check your cartons for a full list of which eggs are affected. head to cnnhealth.com. a representative for actor and comedian martin short confirms that short's wife nancy has died. no details about the time,
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location or cause of her death. they've not been released at this point. emergency officials say the los angeles fire department responded to an emergency call at the couple's home on saturday. short and dolman were married for 30 years and have three children. and tiger woods and elin nordegren are officially divorced. they wished each other the best and promised to put their children first. the couple signed the paperwork in a panama city, florida court yesterday. the divorce comes nine months after woods was accused of having a string of affairs. police cruisers dash cam catches the moment of impact as a car flies through the air, hits a bridge -- wow! look at that. and explodes into pieces. i don't think he meant to do that. witnesses say the driver was going at least 100 miles per hour through traffic when he suddenly lost control and went airborne. boy, if you need another reason to drive safe out on the roads, here it is. the 19-year-old driver was thrown from the car but was
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awake when he was taken to the hospital. unbelievable! >> the fact that it's caught on dash cam, that's always the amazing thing, that in happened. >> those dash cams come in handy especially times like this because i mean if you just need another example as to why you've got to be careful out there, don't go 100 miles per hour in traffic. >> if you can take anything away from that this morning. also in morning, there is a new miss universe. did you know? >> first runner-up is -- jimena navarette. >> she beat out miss jamaica, you see the celebration there, as well as 81 other contest abts for the crown in las vegas last night. the mexican president sent his congrats via twitter. >> of course.
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>> it is the only way. my problem with the miss universe pageant is how do we know there are not hotter ladies somewhere else out in the galaxy? every time i see that -- >> mars. mars. >> we just can't be sure. but i digress. 6:07. let's get a quick check of this morning's headlines in the weather department. rob marciano is not going to bail me out. >> no, i am. i was thinking the exact same thing. not so much assumptions. let's go with at least miss solar system, then miss galaxy. but miss universe, from america to world -- >> presumptuous. >> good looking ladies, nonetheless. >> i agree. >> danielle, another lady we're looking at. daying strength. new hurricane of the season. already the category 2 status. winds of 100 miles an hour.
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it's way out there. in the last few hours gotten a little disorganized. but nonetheless it is there, it is big and it is bad and it is heading toward the u.s. but at the moment we don't expect it to get all the way here. it is going to be cool today in the east. the system rolled through yesterday very stubbornly, keeping temperatures down. friends in texas and the west coast will be sweating it out. at least 95 if not more in l.a. meanwhile, 69 degrees in new york. kind of drizzly, cool and camp, the east wind off the ocean. but that beats 95 or 100 degrees. congratulations to miss universe. there may be one lady out there that's more attractive. >> there is always next year. miss pluto? couldn't take part this year. there's always next year. >> thanks, rob. still to come on the most
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news in the morning, the debate over a planned islamic center and mosque near ground zero heats up. now new questions about the imam at the center of the controversy and a trip to arab states paid for by the u.s. government. it's nine minutes after the hour.
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welcome back to the most news in the morning. good morning, everyone. former president jimmy carter, he is going to north korea. the obama administration says it is a private humanitarian mission to free another american, a 31-year-old from boston. detained at the border from china and sentenced to eight years hard labor. a high level meeting today over the planned islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero. new york governor david paterson says he plans to discuss it with the leader of the roman catholic church in new york, archbishop timothy dolan. both have suggested moving the islamic center would be a noble gesture. >> right now those behind the islamic center are not commenting or backing down. the imam is on a government-backed trip to the middle east. >> he did some of this for the bush administration even though
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critics all of a sudden are saying he is too extreme. has anything changed besides the politics? randi kaye is digging deeper for us this morning. >> reporter: if you're wondering what the imam is doing in the middle east, these pictures tell part of the story. this is the imam addressing guests at a ramadan meal in bahrain just yesterday. this photo shows the imam praying at the ambassador's residence there. he's the man on the left. it is the imam's fourth -- again, fourth -- outreach trip overseas for the u.s. state department. in 2007, he made two similar trips to the middle east for the bush administration and. january this year, he made his first trip for the obama administration to egypt. the imam needs $100 million to build a mosque and islamic community center two blocks from ground zero. if you believe the imam's strongest critics, then you might also believe he's overseas raising that money from
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extremist groups in countries that sponsor terrorism. new york republican congressman peter king told us, "it might be appropriate to withhold details of his itinerary for security purposes while he is traveling. however, as soon as he returns, the state department must make full disclosure of everywhere he went and everyone he met." keeping them honest, has the state department really been withholding itinerary details or anything else about this trip? we asked a department spokesperson and were told, "we've discussed where he's traveling to, the dates. we've been pretty open." listen to this state department briefing from august 18th. >> he will be traveling to the region at the end of this week, starting, as i recall, in bahrain, then qatar, then the united arab emirates. he has participated -- think this is his fourth trip as part of international information program. >> reporter: the state
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department has also offered up more details. it is a 15-day trip focused on outreach to muslim countries and the imam will be traveling with rabbis, priests and other religious figures. so why do some, like conservative blogger pamela geller, continue to fuel the outrage? geller recently on fox news. >> they're hooking him up with the biggest money in some of these countries that have very, very questionable ties to terrorists. >> reporter: hooking him up with terrorists looking to invest in a mosque and community center near ground zero? hardly. first of all, as far as we can tell, not a single penny has been raised for this project. and on top of that, the state department says the imam knows the rules. the department has tried over and over to set the record straight. >> speakers are prohibited from raising money and using this program to raise money. he is aware of the prohibitions. >> he is there to promote this kind of international dialogue. they're there to provide perspective on behalf of the
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united states. and they're not to engage in personal business as part of the program that they're participating in. he has agreed to that. >> reporter: this man who has worked in the community with the imam says he's a peaceful man who's so effective and bringing people together that the state department keeps calling on him. >> he's doing what he does best and what he's done for nearly 40 years now which is interfaith bridge building, bringing communities together. >> reporter: rabbi irwin has known the imam for more nan a decade, traveling with him around the world. is it all about stoking fear? >> i think there really is fear in the country. what fear and anger does is it always clouds judgment and what we have right now is it's like a wildfire. >> reporter: a wildfire that no matter what the truth just keeps getting stoked. randi kaye, cnn, new york. coming up at 6:40 eastern, we will talk to the maverick in this debate, congressman ron
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paul, a man who's never afraid to split with his party. he's now going after newt gingrich and other republicans over their opposition to the islamic center. kate, when you've got howard dean against the mosque and ron paul in favor of the mosque, something has gone haywire in the universe. >> stay in your lanes, folks. help us out. or not. as the case may be. next on the most news in the morning, money may not buy happiness but can it bring you success in politics? a closer look next. it is 18 minutes past the hour. the mouthwash that gets teeth four times whiter than the leading toothpaste. and kills bad breath germs. listerine® whitening vibrant white™.
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money and politics are generally synonymous. with the political season in full swing, more candidates are spending millions on their campaigns. >> yes, millions of their own dollars. this morning, brianna keilar shows us whether the wealthy really have an advantage. >> reporter: good morning, jim and kate. florida, california, connecticut, you name it. long-time politicians are finding themselves challenged by billionaires who can finance their own races. but it's not quite the advantage you might think it is.
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♪ money money money must be funny in a rich man's world ♪ >> reporter: to hear abbatte te it, money means you're golden. but they obviously weren't talking about politics. case in point, florida where billionaires are putting big bucks into their own races. businessman rick scott is reported to have spent $50 million on his campaign for governor. running as an outsider. >> the last thing the insiders want is a governor who owes his job only to the people. >> reporter: but on the eve of florida's primaries, scott is falling behind as he vies for the republican nomination. in florida's senate race -- >> i'm not taking a penny of special interest money. >> reporter: billionaire real estate tycoon jeff greene threw $14.4 million into his campaign coffer and touts his independent as a so-called self-funder. >> i will spend whatever it takes to get my message out and
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be competitive against career politicians funded by special interests and lobbyists. >> reporter: still he trails congressman kendrick meek, the leading contender for the democrat nomination. meek's supporters, most notably bill clinton, have accused greene of trying to buy his way into the race. >> nearest i can see, that's the difference. one guy delivered for you and one guy has more money and runs more ads. >> reporter: there a number of high-profile republicans paying their way this election cycle. linda mcmahon has given herself $22 million in the new york senate race. carly fiorina, $5.5 million running for the senate. in the state governor's race, meg whitman, the former ceo of ebay, has coughed up $104 million and is poised to break the record set by new york city mayor michael bloomberg. all of them are down in the polls. so maybe abba didn't have it
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right when they said this -- ♪ money money money must be funny in a rich man's world ♪ >> reporter: one of the big issues for voters in these tough times is how do you relate to a billionaire? when you're pinching pennies to get by, it might be hard to connect on a personal level with someone who can afford to spend tens of millions of dollars on their bid for office. jim and kate? >> thank you, brianna. coming up next on the most news in the morning, the feds fine seaworld after a trainer is killed by a killer whale. we'll have details next. 24 minutes after the hour. let's go. [ laughs ] hold on a second... come on up here where your brothers sit. [ birds chirping ] wow! did i ever tell you what it was like growing up with four sisters? that sounds fun. yeah...fun for them! [ male announcer ] chevy traverse. a consumers digest best buy. with a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
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welcome back to the most news in the morning. there is new information this morning about the death of a trainer at seaworld. osha is saying it wasn't the killer whale's fault. it's fined the park $75,000 for violations that led to that horrible incident. brian todd has more for us this morning. >> reporter: according to a government report, killer whale trainers like dawn bran shcheaud not have a safe work environment, killed by blunt trama and drowning after grabbed by the killer whale in february. this videotape by an eyewitness shows how she was working with the whale just before she was killed. >> like he took off and it came back, he jumped up, grabbed her, started thrashing around. then her shoe fell off. he was thrashing her around pretty good. >> reporter: according to osha,
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the occupational safety and health administration, the -- seaworld added in a statement, demands of humane care require or team to work in close physical proximity to these animals. in this 2000 interview, brancheau described what it is like to work with the animals, appearing with a different whale. >> she gets to know me, what i look like, and the way i interact with her all throughout the day in shows and then in just spending her time rubbing her down which is something we like to do as well. >> reporter: but the government says seaworld trainers should be barred from performing with the animals, even if they stay dry, unless new safety provisions are made like physical barriers, new decking systems or oxygen supply systems for the trainers. but at least one former seaworld orca trainer, carol ray, believes the only way to keep a trainer safe is if they keep
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their distance and no longer go in the water. >> i done think there is a solution that would have saved someone like dawn if it involves water work with the animals. she was thrashed around, dismembered, scalped, rammed, no spare air, no oxygen would have helped her in that situation. and i think that trainers getting in the water with those whales is just a recipe for disaster. >> reporter: seaworld says it will appeal this finding. meanwhile, it says its trainers are staying out of the water while it takes steps to implement recommendations from a safety review. brian todd, cnn, washington. it is 29 minutes after the hour. that means it is time ooh for this morning's top stories. trapped underground for three weeks and this may be just the beginning. 33 miners in chile trapped by a cave-in have sent a message saying all of them are fine. rescue workers say it could take at least four months to reach them. that's just unbelievable. former agriculture
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department employee shirley sherrod will meet with her former boss in a few hours. secretary tom vilsack offered sherrod a promotion after she was forced to resign over bogus claims of racism. sherrod told the "atlanta journal constitution" she'll make a decision about the job after today's meeting. and down in the gulf, thousands of dead fish found at the mouth of the mississippi river. the president of the louisiana st. bernard parish says there is some recoverable oil nearby and there have been oxygen issues in the water. sfat officials a state officials are investigating if the bp oil spill caused this. it is the third week of agonizing work in pakistan as aid organizations try to help millions literally millions of victims affected by massive flooding in that region. people are now running for higher ground as a second wave of monsoon floodwater flows southward. >> this all makes for a miserable and sometimes impossible for for aid workers. cnn's kyung lah has been in the country since flooding began, in
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pakistan this morning. aid workers say the conditions there are like nothing they've ever seen before. it is pretty bad, right? >> reporter: absolutely nothing like they've ever seen. think about 4 million people are homeless and trying to reach all of them who are in these refugee camps. that is the challenge. a u.n. aid group says that the floods are outrunning our relief efforts. we spent one day with an aid worker who says that this disaster -- because she's been around the world at different disasters -- feels like to her hurricane katrina times ten. >> the sewage facilities are here and the fact that really the number of people here are just overwhelming what basic facilities there are. >> this is from the water. >> yeah. from the floodwater he's actually been in. yesterday babies were just being put in my arms asking to give them water or give them health. this has been one of the hardest
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disasters i think i've ever worked in. boat these children have been born since they've been displaced. this baby is six days old and this baby here is only 2 days old. they've been brought into the world and are living in a make shift school at the moment. the good thing is this is actually a life that's come into the world rather than one we've lost as a result of the floods. but these children are really particularly vulnerable. the child has been living in very dirty conditions and basically she has diarrhea. that's the biggest risk for children, particularly this child as well who's so small. they're begging for food at the moment and just being able to not be able to give them the food when she so desperately need it at the moment is one of the hardest things. >> reporter: can the international community make a difference here? >> yes, they can. >> it's that simple. >> it's that simple. >> what's needed? >> more money. more support and just the ability for us to be able to
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deliver this aid. this is one of the questions here in this school. you've got a number of families living in this classroom. the greatest fear now is that the number of deaths lynn crease significantly as a result of health diseases that come following the floods. it is incredibly frustrating. this has been one of the hardest disasters to actually see. to look at children who are on the verge of dying, to hold children who have got significant diseases that require treatment and realize that for the foreseeable future this is what their life holds for them. aid workers say that we are at a turning point in this country. a second wave of disaster is what they're calling it if they can't get clean water, food and medicine to these people who are living here in these refugee camps. many of the aid workers i've spoken to say that what these camps amount to is basically peru petri dishes for disease unless they get those very vital supplies in. >> that aid worker said the
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international community can make a difference here. u.s. has already pledged millions of dollars, both public and private. why are aid workers then saying that they don't have enough? is it just not enough money getting there fast enough? >> reporter: it's both. part of it is that the money needs to translate into a bottle of water. that takes time. yes, money has been pledged. especially by the united states. the united states is a single biggest donor in this relief effort. you may be wondering where is all that money going? it is taking time. the other issue is it is simply not enough money when you think about how many millions of people are affected here. they work out there. thanks so much. if you wish to help out with this disaster relief, you can find what you need to know on our website, just go to cnn dot kom .co cnn.com/impact. coming up next, always outspoken. i'll talk to ron paul about the
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ongoing debate over whether an islamic center should be built near ground zero in new york. it is 34 minutes after the hour.
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in five states across the nation today, voters are heading to the polls in big primary races. we've got incumbents fighting to stay in office, plenty of mud slinging and major cash being dropped. one of the issues in a lot of these races, a controversy over a mosque and islamic center in lower manhattan near ground zero. joining me for his unique take on this, texas republican congressman ron paul. thanks for joining us this morning. appreciate it. >> good morning. >> i guess it's safe to say you were tea party before tea party was cool, congressman paul. we're noticing a lot of tea party candidates all over the country today. is this going to be a big day for those candidates or do you think it is maybe going to be something that the incumbents will hang their hat on like john mccain out in arizona? >> i think it will be a mixed bag and i think even though, say half of the tea party candidates win, that's a big deal.
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they're not going to win everybody. i think it will be pretty mixed. >> let me ask you about one of the races in alaska. sarah palin has weighed in throwing her weight behind the challenger, joe miller, running against senator murkowski. i just wonder, what do you make of sarah palin, newt gingrich, mike huckabee, big-name republicans weighing in this individual races across the country. do you think that's a good idea? >> oh, i think pretty good. i'd do it but i'm very, very selective. i just have trouble finding the candidates i really get enthusiastic about. i want candidates that have a real constitutional take on foreign policy and civil liberties, the drug war and also on economic matters. but, no, i think for them to weigh in, but i want the people to sort all these positions out so that they know exactly what is being supported, what positions are being supported. >> you don't think it is meddling for somebody like sarah
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palin to go in to a contest like the one up in alaska and throw her weight behind the challenger there or perhaps in another state like georgia where she gets criticized somewhat for doing that down in georgia? >> no, i wouldn't call it meddling. i think our presidents have done this for many, many decades, if not ever since the beginning of our country. so no, i think it is pretty traditional to do it. maybe some people overdo it and exaggerate and do it just to build up -- you know, chips and get people to support them later on. but, no, i wouldn't use the word "meddling." but sometimes i guess they get overly involved more than they should. >> let me ask you about one of the issues that's come up during a lot of these contests all over the country, and that's the proposed islamic center and mosque near ground zero. you came out very much in favor of that project, mainly along libertarian lines saying that
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property rights and freedom of religion rights are a big part of this. and on your blog you wrote that opposition to the mosque is all about hate and islamophobia. what did you mean about that? >> i think the people who are organizing that is one thing, but now that every candidate gets asked that question, i don't think you can put them all in that same category. but the organizers, the woman that put this out on her webpage, the people that picked up on it and preached this, yes, i think that they want to continue the hatred toward islam rather than al qaeda in order to justify their foreign policy of intervention and nation building and occupation. because if you don't have an enemy that you despise, it's hard to get that support. i think it's turned into another issue as well. even your station has reported on this imam. he seems like a pretty reasonable person. if he's a reasonable person that worked for bush as well as obama
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and he's making inroads because he's trying to bring christians, jews and muslims together. so if that would happen, there wouldn't be as much hatred over there so i think maybe there are some now that are trying to destroy him and his reputation. i think that's going to backfire. sounds to me -- and i don't know the individual, the imam -- but it sounds to me like he might be a very reasonable person. so in order to perpetuate this foreign policy, not only do they have for perpetuate the hate toward islam, they have to destroy someone who may be bringing the religious factions together. >> what do you have to say about former house speaker newt gingrich comparing this mosque near ground zero to having nazi symbols outside of the holocaust center? what did you think of that? was that an appropriate comment do you think? >> well, i think he's overstepped his bounds and i think he'll suffer the
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consequences for it because it was over the top. i mean to compare this imam with hitler and the fact that there are mosques within that area already and that he ignores the fact that there are strip joints in this area and he has to go after an imam that is trying to bring people together? i think for a bright guy like newt gingrich on some of the issues, i would say politically he's made a major mistake. >> you think he should apologize for that comment? >> i don't believe in these apology games. he'll have to apologize to himself. he's going to be sorry. but being sorry about what he did and recognize it will be a much bigger deal than if the media comes and badgers him into making a public apology. but maybe he'll come around to that but it should be spontaneous and earnest but not as a reaction to badgering by the media. when are you going to apologize? i've never quite thought that was good.
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>> what about your son, rand paul, running for that senate seat down in kentucky. he's taking a slightly different position than you and has essentially come out against the project. is that causing any friction in the paul family? >> no, no. i really haven't spoken to him about it. but i think he's in a category of most of the people who are running for office who get pushed, you know, and rightfully so, by their opposition or by the media and say what is your position? do you want it or not? he's taken a different position. but that isn't my concern as much as the people who started on the website and picked it up and the politician who's trying to gain a lot of points and they are the activists in promoting this main by because they believe in intervention in. there -- there in public policy. i think it is okay to have a disagreement on what we should do as a mochk.
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my emphasis is not on should the mosque be built or shouldn't it be built. that is very secondary. everybody recognizes on private property and a place of worship -- >> your problem is more the playing of politician. you feel some of these people are playing politics with this is what you're essentially saying. what about the president? did he make a mistake weighing in on this controversy do you think? did he inflame this controversy by weighing in on it? >> some people are saying that, especially on the conservative side. but actually, i didn't think his statement was all that bad. i thought it was conciliatory and trying to bring people together. he and bush both hired the imam to go over and promote bringing the religious factors together. so i wouldn't go out of my way to condemn him for saying that. now politically he may have stirred the flames. you know. because that just gave me ammunition to the conservatives who liked to pick anything he says and make a political issue
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out of it. i don't think it is the right one. i'd rather pick issues like too much spending and why he's expanding the war in afghanistan. but since too many conservatives like the expansion of the war in afghanistan, you know, they're unwilling to go and attack him because he might send a message that they disagree with. but, no, i don't think his statement was all that bad. >> congressman paul, thanks for joining us this morning. i think it is strange when howard dean is against this project and you're in favor of it. it shows our political world's been turned upside down a little bit. but congressman paul -- >> well, i think that might be good. >> congressman paul, thanks for joining us this morning. always, your unique perspective. we'll turn it back over to kate. it is 46 minutes after the hour. still to come on the most news in the morning, rob is tracking hurricane danielle and we'll also have this morning's travel forecast right after the break. that's not all. later, a workout video even a book? just what you want to see this
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good morning, new york city. it is 66 degrees and obviously cloudy right now. only getting up to 69 degrees later. it seems whenever i come to new york, i bring freaky weather. >> well thank you for doing that. >> no problem. >> now it feels like october. >> we went from like 175 to -- >> exage rat exaggerating slightly. >> good morning, everyone. you're going to love this next story. pope benedict declaring a voo voo d vuvuzela-free zone. during the break before that story, you should have heard
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kate on the viuvuzela. >> i won't deny i did rock it, but our viewers don't need to experience it yet again this morning. just wait for the next break. we might surprise you. >> i knocked my earpiece out. >> it's always my fault. the weather, everything. it's ten minutes to the top of the hour. let's get a quick check of the morning's headlines. rob, help us, please. i'm about to give you maybe a little -- >> that was not me. that was jim attempting the vuvuzela. >> it was an attempt. i won't judge the attempt but it was an attempt. we'll move on. you got to warm up before you go on the air. every great musician does that, jim. you know that. it is a rookie move.
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hey, tropical storm danielle now a hurricane. here it is, little bit less organized here in the last couple of frames but nonetheless, category 2. category 2 storm now on the verge of becoming a major hurricane. winds now at 100 miles an hour, gusting to 120 miles an hour it is way out there in the atlantic basically just over 2,000 miles still from miami. it is heading in that direction and this is the forecast now from the national hurricane center. we expect it to become a major hurricane. wasn't sure about that a day or so ago but a major storm here but making that northward turn and heading toward bermuda as opposed to the u.s. that's certainly a welcome sight. we'll hope that this verifies but we're pretty confident that it probably will make that turn off to -- and stay out at sea. there is another strong tropical wave behind that. it is cool across parts of new york. the northeast as a matter of fact with rainfall and wind yesterday with that nor'easter. back side of it kind of throwing
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in some ocean air so it is a little bit damp and drizzly for much of the northeastern third of the country. some storms across parts of the south. stronger cool front heading across the northern tier, but it is going to be hot across parts of south -- southern part of california. south texas and central texas got up to 107 in san angelo. austin, texas got up to 106 yesterday. that's been a brutal summer for those folks. 101 expected in dallas for high temperature. 90 degrees up in blanton. vuvuzela. are you going for a second try? no. >> i think i better quit while i'm ahead. and that would not be a rookie move to quit while i'm ahead. >> very smart. this morning's top stories just minutes away, including they survived by sharing chunks of tuna and a single can of peaches. 33 miners trapped underground for three weeks in chile. how will they make it for another four months? we will ask the former head of the mine safety organization here in the u.s. about the rescue effort and a long,
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grueling wait ahead. shirley sherrod finally meeting face to face -- >> you remember her? >> meeting face to face with her former boss. will she go back to the department that threw her kind of effectively under the bus? more after the break. i'm gonna take allison jenkins to the senior prom in this. one day, i'll park this in a spot reserved for me. it's got 26,000 miles on it now, but i'm gonna take it to a thousand million. [ male announcer ] when you own a certified pre-owned mercedes-benz,
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look at those hard workers. >> working hard behind the scenes. welcome back to the most news in the morning. shot of our control room there. bristol palin's ex-fiance back in the news. he's taken another step toward the mayoral race in wasilla, alaska. levi johnston has officially turned in his paperwork that confirms he will run for the 2011 election in that town. it is the same office sarah palin held before she became governor so that means in a couple years he'll be on the vice presidential ticket. maybe not. johnston can now begin accepting campaign contributions. it sounds like lindsay lohan may soon be a free woman again. tmz reports the judge in the troubled actress' case could
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issue an order today for her relief. doctors at the ucla rehabilitation center where lynn say has been staying have recommended she be released but continue with outpatient care. >> here's a disgusting dose of reality. mtv's jersey shore star, mike "the situation" sorentino, he is a multi-millionaire. the 29-year-old will likely rake in -- get this -- more than $5 million this year for his tv role and various ai endorsements. his appearances typically fetch tens of thousands of dollars. apparently the only pictures we have of him he is showing his abs. >> i don't think he is allowed to appear otherwise. >> explains the $5 million. there you go. top stories coming your way after the break. [ male announcer ] mix it.
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good morning once again. 7:00 here on the dot in new york. it is tuesday, august 24th. time to get out of bed, my friends. >> you're not already. >> exactly. john and kiran are off. after a scandal over race cost shirley sherrod her job, this morning she meets face to face with tom vilsack. he's made her an offer to come back to her old department. but will sherrod take the job? live from d.c. coming up. hope from below and a long wait ahead. 33 men trapped deep inside a golden copper mine in chile for three weeks are alive and well but rescue workers may not reach them until christmas. a live report from chile ahead. if five states, voters are heading to the polls in critical primary races today. incumbents are fighting to stay if office. the race is turning nasty in the homestretch and some challengers with big bank accounts are throwing down some major cash.
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we're breaking it all down with the best political team on television. this morning, it's being called the miracle of the miners in chile. it is really a miracle. the 33 men have been trapped underground since august 5th. their families prayed they were alive. those prayers have been answered. against all odds. proof that they're alive. right here. ♪ >> that was the chilean national anthem from 2,500 feet below. the miners also sent a message from below, a note that said all 33 of us are well inside the shelter. but it is just the beginning for them. karl penhaul has the latest from chile. he's on the phone with us. what's going on at this hour where you are?
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>> reporter: you heard them there, those miners singing the national anthem. that was yesterday evening when finally the rescue workers managed to drop a line of communication 2,300 feet down into the bowels of the earth. that was certainly an indication that these men are in good spirits. what we now know is that over the next hours of today, hopefully, another drill will be arriving here at the san jose mine in northern chile and it will be that drill that will then start the painstaking process of trying to get down to the miners and drill a big enough hole that they can pull them back to the surface. it's a very highly sophisticated drill but it can only drill at 60 to 90 feet a day. they estimate two passes of the hole to make a hole about shoulder width and this is what they're saying could take until christmas so the challenge now is to keep these men physically
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fit, but above all, to keep them in mentally good shape so that they can survive the coming days and weeks, kate. >> are there plans in place, experts on the scene? how are they accomplishing that, helping these men stay physically fit and really in a healthy mental state when they have four months possibly ahead to wait to get out. >> reporter: exactly. four months and terrible conditions as well. down at the depths where any are at, the temperatures are around 95 degrees fahrenheit. it is constant. that's why we've seen these men in earlier pictures stripped down. it is very hot down there. also 393 of them are in a space of about 530 square feet. that's equivalent to around a small studio apartment. certainly pretty cramped conditions. until now they've been surviving eating only every other day from cans of tuna, mackerel with a
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that was stored down in a refuge shelter down at that depth. medics now are beginning to put down glucose water through a tube. first starting off with liquids and rehydrating salts, then in the coming days will put more solid food down. but the psychology is really it is the mental health thaels tt' real thing. they have to make sure on a day when somebody is feeling down, depressed, that the others keep him there to cheer him up. the families on the surface will also play a role as well. establishing communication with their family members to tell them to keep strong. that above all, to stay patient. they could be down there until christmas, kate. >> after the elation of making contact, now the realization is setting in of the long road ahead. that cannot be an easy thing to face. karl penhaul in chile for us,
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thanks so much. coming up in just a few minutes, we'll speak to the former director of the mine safety and health administration about the conditions that karl was talking about right there that these miners are dealing with down there and whether that tiny lifeline they have right now is enough. a high-level meeting today over the planned islamic center and mosque near ground zero. governor david paterson says he plans to discuss it with the leader of the roman catholic church here, archbishop timothy dolan. both suggest moving the islamic center would be a noble gesture. the governor has offered to meet with the people behind the islamic center. that imam is on a government-backed trip to the middle east. randi kaye will take a closer look at the trip. why are his critics so worried about it and why weren't they when he was doing the same thing for the bush administration? that's coming up. this morning, former president jimmy carter is going to north korea. the obama administration says it is a private humanitarian mission to free another
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american, a 31-year-old from boston who was detained in april at the border with china and was sentenced to eight years hard labor. no word on if the government will appeal a preliminary injunction granted yesterday to halt federal funding of stem cell research. a judge ruled the work destroys embryos which goes against the will of congress. the president signed an order last year that did away with the policy limiting funding for human stem cell research. the usda announcing a national recall, another recall. this time deli meats produced by zemco industries in buffalo, new york. 380,000 pounds of meat they think may be contaminated with back tear that that can cause a possibly fatal disease. feds say the meats are in market-size grab-and-go sandwiches with used-by dates between august 20 and september 10. the fda websites says the some of the meat went to walmart stores. check in out. a cruiser's dash cam catches a
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car sailing through the air and exploding into pieces as it hits a bridge. police believe the driver was going at least 100 miles per hour when he lost control on the highway. unbelievably the driver was awake and alert when he was taken to the hospital. that looks like a stunt out of an action movie or something. he went off of something that made it -- looked as if he was going off a ramp or something into that bridge. just incredible. but the guy's okay. it is just eight minutes after the hour. let's get a quick check of this morning's weather headlines. rob marciano is in atlanta. good morning, rob. >> good morning. we're looking at hurricane danielle. not only a hurricane but a category 2 storm, winds now at 100 miles an hour so well developed and expected to continue to strengthen as it heads in the general direction of the united states. but our forecast still keeps it out to sea at least over the next five days. things are definitely getting a
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little bit more active in the atlantic. the northeast active as well. little storm yesterday brought wind and rain to new york, to boston, to the cape. still bring a little bit of rainfall and cool ocean temperatures up and down the i-95 corridor. temperatures will struggle to get out of the 60s today. heat warnings out in southern california, temperatures will be in the 90s in l.a., 100 in dallas, 90 in atlanta. you might hit 70 up there in new york. that's certainly -- might have to wear the winter coat today, guys! >> no! don't go that far. >> all right, maybe not. >> you sound like me. it is 175. exactly. well, get this -- there's a new record for the largest mentos and diet coke eruption in the world. yes, there is a record for that. have you seen pictures of this. >> i have not actually. here we go. 2,500 people dressed like they
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were front row for gallagher. >> you know the guy that used to smash the watermelons? >> they all gathered in mexico city to set the new guinness world record which china held with over 2,100 people. that's a lot of coca-cola. >> that's about as much diet coke as i drank before coming on this morning. >> we can tell! >> just to wake up. if you didn't know that mentos made diet coke shoot six feet into the air, you probably don't go on to youtube too often. go on youtube and type mentos diet coke, it is a plethora of eruptions and explosions. >> now you know what to do. >> not that i do that at work. i never do that. moving on. there is new information about that incident down at seaworld. remember that? where a trainer died at an accident down there. osha has made its ruling? is it the park's fault? could it have been prevented?
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welcome back to the most news in the morning. seaworld has been fined $75,000
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by the occupational safety and health administration. this is in the wake of february's deadly killer whale attack on a trainer. they say seaworld knew of the inherent risk of allowing trainers to interact with dangerous animals but still allowed them to on ledges and shelves dangerously close to the animals. a representative for actor and comedian martin short confirms his wife, nancy dolman has died. no details about the time, location or cause of dolman's death were released. emergency officials say the los angeles fire department responded to an emergency call at the couple's home on saturday. tiger woods and his former wife are now officially divorced. they wished each other the best and promised to put their children first. the couple signed the paperwork in panama city, florida in a courtroom there yesterday. the divorce comes nine months after woods was accused of having a string of affairs. >> now back to our top story this morning and the latest on
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those 33 miners trapped more than 2,000 feet underground in a chilean mine. crews are working around the clock to get supplies to them down a small six-inch wide hole they've drilled. you see animation there. they could be -- it could be a four-month dig ahead as crews try to bore through 2,500 feet of rock to get to them. davitt mcateer is the ceo of sponsored programs at wheeling jesuit university. good morning, thank you so much for joining me. we've heard this morning, they're moving forward really on two fronts, drilling holes to get supplies down to these miners as well as beginning the massive project of trying to drill a hole to get these miners out. what kind of challenges do they face going forward? i'm sure there's quite a many. >> kate, they've got a two-fold problem.
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they've got the immediate problem of getting supplies and food to these individuals who have been trapped for 18 days now and if they've got to get that down to them, they've got to get them to satisfy their basic needs. then they've got the secondary problem, longer-term problem of drilling a 28-inch, 30-inch hole and getting it down 2,500 feet in very unstable rock conditions. to do that in order to make successful, they have to go slow. that's the problem, is that despite the fact that everybody wants to rush, the fact is they have to use a slow drill in order to try to stabilize and get stable the hole so that they can in fact pull people out from that entrapment underground. >> is the concern that if they drill too quickly that it could force further collapse around these men? >> that's exactly right. this geology formation there is
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rather unstable. if you put a high-speed drill in, what you'll do is disturb the strata and as you drill it will create more rock slides and rock falls which will imperil the miners as they get closer underground. you have to be very cautious and have to go slow. there are also people around the world who in the mining community are looking at this and trying to come up with solutions which might be helpful to the chileans. they're doing a good job but we're going to make some offs of assistance from both the united states and other countries, any help that is needed. i'm sure that it can be provided. >> it's amazing that they survived this long and they have such a long road ahead. 33 men. karl penhaul described it as like 530 square feet is the space they're dealing with. what are the conditions that they're dealing with down there
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and how can they manage? >> well, it's difficult. it's the size of a studio apartment and it's dark. now there will be some lights put in but the conditions were very, very difficult. you have to deal with body functions and you've got to deal with that kind of question. then you've got to deal with the psychological impact. i think the fact that they've made it these 18 days is very, very positive. but the euphoria of making contact with the surface is going to last a couple days and then it is going to be a long slope. but i think that the fact that the chilean government is involved and that they will be bringing in counselors and these miners are resilient people, but i think also it's a new era and i see no reason why you couldn't pass cell phones down to them or computers, tethered down to them. we're in a new day.
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they'll need to be something will need to be done to divert their attention. >> right. absolutely. real quickly, as always, we're running out of time, davitt, but with your experience, you have so much in this area, what is top priority here? obviously top priority is getting to these men but is it the physical or psychological state that needs tonight biggest focus here? >> obviously the physical, if someone were to get sick you have to deal with that immediately and they've lost a lot of weight so that's problem one. problem two is more the psychological. how do you come up with things for them to do and arrange things so that they can get their attention diverted from just sit there waiting. that's going to be the real challenge for the chileans and rescuers. >> amazing story is unfolding and it is nowhere over yet. davitt, thank you so much. so great to get your expertise. >> you're welcome. we all know this. your kids are not supposed to text during school but that doesn't stop most of them.
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just ahead, how some schools are going with the flow and giving kids phones to encourage learning. plus, if you have an itunes account, here's a story you'll want to hear. hackers are ripping off customers taking hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. were you one of them? it is 19 minutes past the hour.
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always the bell of the monster ball. lady gaga has been crowned the new queen of -- twitter. the singer edged out britney spears with the most followers
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on the site. more than 5,720,000. sounds like how many people follow me. just kidding. in her acceptance speech, gaga said "may you never have carpal tunnel while tweeting." that's cute. >> how does she tweet with all those crazy sunglasses? >> sometimes she has really crazy nails. >> i think she has people. hey, guess what, kate? we win again! >> what do you mean, jim? >> for the 58th year in a row, miss universe is a human! miss mexico took the crown this year. she beat out miss jamaica and 81 other contestants for the crown in las vegas last night. mexican president felipe calderon sent his congrats on twitter. isn't it good to know that we kept it in the solar system this year? because you know, those other girls -- >> that russian judge was tough. >> the russian judge or the east german judge. you got to look out for those guys every time. taking to another story we've been talking about for
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weeks now, important story. the imam behind the islamic center two blocks from ground zero is on a government-sponsored trip overseas but critics say he is too extreme and question whether he's raising money for it in the middle east. we look at the facts this morning. 22 minutes after the hour.
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welcome back. good morning to you. if your child is like most, they probably can't live without their cell phones at this point. but the ability to communicate with texting at any time can become a real issue when your child goes to school. >> that's right. surveys show most kids are distracted at school because they're too busy texting. some schools are learning how to use that obsession to their advantage. deb feyerick joins us now with that. i guess a lot of these kids are just looking at mom and dad and it is monkey see, monkey do. >> absolutely. from the time you are an infant you see your parents e-mailing and texting. a huge debate right now across the country on what to do with all the cell phones in schools. some principals threaten suspension. one actually looked into the
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possibility of jamming its cell phone signals around the high school. some are going in a different direction, letting kids as young as 11 use cell phones during class. that's right, during class. but there is a catch. seventh-grader kayla coyne has texting in class down to a science. hallways are also good. >> it is hard to get going in the hallways. >> because you're moving. like a shark. he says his cell phone has been confiscated six times in six months and he's not the only one despite constant reminders from his principal at the middle school. >> your cell phones are supposed to be where? yes, in your locker, not in class. >> reporter: but class is exactly where they end up. according to the pew research center, even in schools that ban cell phone use, nearly 60% of all students admit texting during class. a growing problem in schools
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across the country. >> why are you so addicted to this technology? >> reporter: at bay side high school in florida, students risk being suspended if their phone is confiscated more than once. so far this year, 200 kids have had their phones taken away. >> students need to be fully, 100% authentically engaged in the classroom and pulling out a cell phone and texting their friends about whatever it is they might be talking about is not the learning environment that i as a principal want to promote. >> reporter: despite that zero tolerance policy -- >> we still daily collect cell phones from students that have them out when they're supposed to be learning in the classroom. >> i don't think we're going to stop the tsunami. >> reporter: but pediatrician and media expert michael rich says the reality is kids use more than seven hours of media a day depriving them of it could backfire. >> pandora's box is open here. technologies are here. what we need to do is take control of them instead of letting them control us. >> you can't put the genie back
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in the bottle. cell phones are here. >> reporter: at this middle school -- teachers have decided if you can't beat them, join them. >> it is not really a phone, it is their computer for class. >> reporter: the school handed out 75 cell phones to fifth-graders as part after unique pilot program. texting and calling features are disabled and internet sites are filtered. phones are used for things like note taking and research. for 11-year-olds like these, learning is different now. when did you make a movie? did you make a movie during homeroom? >> no, this was actually a map. it was about decimals. you can sink it which means the teachers will get it and they can grade you on it. >> it really is helping reinforce the lessons. >> yeah. because like we're memorizing things so much easier on here. >> it is almost like you want to look at screen. it is like a minitv where you want to look at it.
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you don't want to go look at a piece of paper. >> reporter: the school administrator says dollar for dollar, buying phones is more official than computers. there are some educators who say these should not be in school. what is your response to that? >> i think we're in the middle of a new revolution. it is part of who they are today and why not use something in a positive way that they're bringing with them? >> reporter: as for these fifth-graders. >> i actually started texting less when i had this. >> now that i have this, it's kind of more fun to go on internet on this and experiment with it when i'm home instead of sitting there texting all day like doing nothing. >> it's like, bye, phone. >> reporter: now the kids using those mobile devices -- they don't call them necessarily cell phones -- say their grades actually went up last year because they were using them and the skoom hopes one day to tailor a learning program using students's a personal cell phones as learning tools. it is really experimenting with technology in a very positive
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way. >> they're calling them mobile devices, not cell phones. >> that's exactly right. other students say he's got his cell phone, they can just say, no, it's mobile learning device. >> when you hear about texting in school or on the face of it, it is no, no cell phones in school, get to your books. but you can see very innovative ways of trying to bring it all together. >> that's exactly right. it depends on how you want to spend your energy. confiscating or integrating. >> great stuff. thanks, deb. it is a high-level meeting today over the planned islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero. new york governor david paterson says he plans to discuss it with the leader of the roman catholic church in new york. archbishop timothy dolan. the governor has also offered to meet with the people behind the islamic center. the imam is on a government-backed trip to the middle east and many critics are saying he should be taking a closer look at where he's going. but is that fair?
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randi kaye has our "a.m. follow-up." . >> reporter: if you're wondering what the imam is doing in the middle east, these pictures tell part of the story. this is the imam addressing guests at a ramadan meal in bahrain just yesterday. this photo shows the imam praying at the ambassador's residence there. he's the man on the left. it is the imam's fourth -- again, fourth -- outreach trip overseas for the u.s. state department. in 2007, he made two similar trips to the middle east for the bush administration and. january this year, he made his first trip for the obama administration to egypt. the imam needs $100 million to build a mosque and islamic community center two blocks from ground zero. if you believe the imam's strongest critics, then you might also believe he's overseas raising that money from extremist groups in countries that sponsor terrorism. new york republican congressman peter king told us, "it might be
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appropriate to withhold details of his itinerary for security purposes while he is traveling. however, as soon as he returns, the state department must make full disclosure of everywhere he went and everyone he met." keeping them honest, has the state department really been withholding itinerary details or anything else about this trip? we asked a department spokesperson and were told, "we've discussed where he's traveling to, the dates. we've been pretty open." listen to this state department briefing from august 18th. >> he will be traveling to the region at the end of this week, starting, as i recall, in bahrain, then qatar, then the united arab emirates. he has participated -- think this is his fourth trip as part of international information program. >> reporter: the state department has also offered up more details. it is a 15-day trip focused on outreach to muslim countries and
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the imam will be traveling with rabbis, priests and other religious figures. so why do some, like conservative blogger pamela geller, continue to fuel the outrage? geller recently on fox news. >> they're hooking him up with the biggest money in some of these countries that have very, very questionable ties to terrorists. >> reporter: hooking him up with terrorists looking to invest in a mosque and community center near ground zero? hardly. first of all, as far as we can tell, not a single penny has been raised for this project. and on top of that, the state department says the imam knows the rules. the department has tried over and over to set the record straight. >> speakers are prohibited from raising money and using this program to raise money. he is aware of the prohibitions. >> he is there to promote this kind of international dialogue. they're there to provide perspective on behalf of the united states. and they're not to engage in personal business as part of the program that they're participating in. he has agreed to that.
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>> reporter: this man who has worked in the community with the imam says he's a peaceful man who's so effective at bringing people together that the state department keeps calling on him. >> he's doing what he does best and what he's done for nearly 40 years now which is interfaith bridge building, bringing communities together. >> reporter: rabbi irwin has known the imam for more than a decade, traveling with him around the world. is it all about stoking fear? >> i think there really is fear in the country. what fear and anger does is it always clouds judgment and what we have right now is it's like a wildfire. >> reporter: a wildfire that no matter what the truth just keeps getting stoked. randi kaye, cnn, new york. it's a tuesday during an election year so that means voters are heading to the polls today. we have five states with some critical primary battles. we're breaking it all down with
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incumbents fighting to keep their jobs. political newcomers armed with tons of cash. it is primary tuesday in five states across the country. helping us break it down, the best political team on television. with me in new york, independent analyst and cnn contributor john avlon, along with former aide to the clinton white house lisa caputo. and senior political analyst and republican strategist ed rollins. ed, we have a hot race in arizona. it was hot. it cooled off a little bit between john mccain and j.d. hayworth. all betting is that john mccain is going to walk away with this but j.d. hayworth did make senator mccain sweat for a little bit in this race. ed, do you see anything -- anything materializing in terms of an upset here? >> no. he certainly gave mccain an early warning and mccain has spent more money, spent over $0
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million, which is more money than he spent in all of his entire senate races in the past. john had to basically get in there and fight hard to win this nomination. i think the critical question here if he wins, what kind of senator is he going to be in the fall? go be the ultimate lion, independent? he wins if he wins today. >> it is interesting to see some of the back-story on the mccain/hayworth race. he made inroads for the club of growth. did john mccain play this right? >> there is a lot of bad blood in this race. the fact that the former nominee of the party was being attack from the right, somebody who's got an impeccable record on spending, was one of the few republicans in the senate to protest out-of-control spending when republicans controlled congress and the white house. the fact there are some folks on the far right that dislike him,
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that was the pressure. but mccain's done a great job of flanking himself, he's got a comfortable lead over hayworth at this point. the fact it was a race is what made it a bellwether but it looks like john mccain will ride into the sunset. >> okay. lisa, let's go to you. down in florida they've got a really interesting race in that senate contest, the democratic primary between kendrick meek and jeff greene who is a billionaire, made a lot of money during the housing collapse and called a meltdown mogul by kendrick meek. jeff greene has been known to hang out with mike tyson. not sure if his tiger showed up in jeff greene's bathroom, a la "the hangover." are you surprised this race has been as close at it has been? >> yes. certainly the thinking was the anger would trump the incumbent. we're seeing the advantage one
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has of being an baept is incumb institutional advantage. the key is what are the independents going to do. over the past several months we've seen independents seem to be peeling away from the democrats. they've certainly been peeling away from the president. so i think they will be a key piece to this equation. a lot of states are turning purple, not blue or red, but purple and a lot of what's happening here is you're seeing various candidates go to the fringes of their party. so for example, mccain in arizona, we've seen him do an about-face going back to the reagan republican era versus being the maverick centrist republican that he was. >> he has said, "i'm not the maverick anymore." >> that's right. i think in florida you'll see an interesting race here. rubio's out there -- >> marco rubio. >> right. saying he is more about the issues than he is about -- >> that "new york times" article on him was very interesting showing rubio sort of moving
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away from the tea party a little bit. >> that's right. we were expecting today to be run-off to fight between crist and rubio. rubio said i can't win this closed partisan primary fight. there are 2.5 million independent voters in florida. they'll decide the general election. in arizona which has an open primary and 30% of the voters in the state are independent, majority in phoenix, problem is it is 111 degrees there today. only the most hard-core voters turn out. independent voters will be the deciders in the fall, no question. >> i've been saving this one for you, ed. out in alaska, lisa murkowski facing that challenge from joe miller who is backed by sarah palin in the tea party movement. what do you make of that race out there and -- i mean does the tea party hurt itself here? >> this is the family feud. you have to remember, sarah palin beat murkowski's father who was the governor and the democrat establishment. it is a small state. they don't like each other. at the end of the day lisa mued
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murkowski will be like the late ted stevens, you need someone with my experience to fight for the resources that you desperately need in this state. it's been successful. joe miller is a good candidate, a good guy. may have some future but right now i think lisa murkowski's going to win this pretty easily. >> john, you've done a lot of work covering the tea party movement across this country. do you think that this is sort of an overreach here for sarah palin and is that perhaps a theme that is developing and building as we head towards november, tea party overreach and does that hurt them in some of these races across the country? >> i think it is a theme. look, she's 0 for 2 in the last two primaries for the candidate she endorses. tonight it looks like she'll be 0 pore 3. when she tweeted in defense of dr. laura, many were displeased with that saying she's losing
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the mantel to her party. she's backing candidates that just aren't winning primaries because they can't connect to the general electorate. >> are the democrats going to lose congress the way things are developing? established candidates going down? doesn't look good heading into the fall. >> there was speculation months ago this would be a blow-out mid-term. i don't think that is going to happen at all. i think tonight will be an interesting night as far as a bellwether but i think, yes, the democrats will lose some seats in the fall but i don't think it is going to be the blow-out people were predicting several months ago. >> think they'll hang on to both? >> no. but i think things are starting to stabilize and i don't think they'll lose as many seats as people once perhaps thought. >> think they'll hold on to the house and the senate. >> i don't think they'll hold on to both houses. i think they'll lose a house. >> thank you all for joining us this morning. appreciate it.
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county fairs. fried butters? fried snicker's, rob? >> microphone? i think too many fried cheese and mozzarella sourdough goodn. we will go back to him. it is ten minutes to the top of the hour. when you approach things from a different perspective, you don't end up with just another car. you end up with the all-new saab 9-5 luxury sport sedan. there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight?
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the eggs. does that reduce your risk? >> you know, if you want to fork over the extra dough, go right ahead. if you feel like they taste better, but you know what, you shouldn't feel like there's a lower chance that you are going to get salomon allege. you shouldn't feel any safer. that's from scientists we talked to who published studies and looked at all the different kinds of eggs and haven't really found a difference when it comes to salmonella. let's take a look. there are so many different things written on egg packages. for example, take a look at this one. this one says organic and that means that the chickens are supposed to be fed only organic fad. that doesn't mean that they are not necessarily going to get salmonella. take a look at this one. this one is organic and cage-free. cage-free means that they are in a wider space. they can walk around more than in traditional farms. if you take a look at this one, this one says vegetarian which is supposed to mean that the eggs -- chickens are fed a vegetarian diet. again, scientists who publish the study in 2004, these are
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some of the top food scientists, they say they didn't find a difference when it comes to salmonella. back to you. >> this is something -- i know i ask. it has come up in the past couple of days. how does salmonella get into an egg in the first place? >> a lot of people have asked me that question. let's tray to answer that. what we are told by experts is that for the most part the salmonella is living inside the chicken and it gets -- passed along to the eggs and lives in the ovaries of the hens. they lay the eggs and it is there. it is usually not something external. it is usually just from inside the animal itself. >> the egg looks fine to outside. how do we know if there is a problem on the outside? >> that's the problem. often the outside and the inside will look perfectly fine. how do you know? the answer is you don't know. you have to -- >> until you get sick. >> right. until you get sick. exactly. here's the precautions you should take.
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you should always cook eggs thoroughly. sometimes people love those runny yolks, don't do that. cook them thoroughly. discard any cracks or dirty eggs. keep eggs refrigerated. i know i have seen people keep them out. no t a good day. >> okay. thank you so much, elizabeth. we will talk to you soon. top stories are coming your way in 90 seconds.
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good morning again. it is tuesday, august 24th. it is just about 8:00 in the morning here in new york. that's exactly where we are. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm jim acosta. john roberts and kiran chetry off this morning. lots to talk about. we will get right to it. after a scandal over race cost shirley sherrod her job, this morning she finally meets face to face with her former boss, agriculture secretary tom vilsack made her an offer to come back. will sherrod take the job? we are live from d.c. coming up. five states, voters are
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heading to the polls in critical primary races today. incumbents fighting to stay in office. the race is turning nasty in a the homestretch. some challengers with big bank rkts throwing down some serious cash. we are breaking down the biggest races coming up. what to do about your kid's cell phone when they go back to school. for too many students text sing a huge distraction from learning. that's why one new york school decided not to ban the phones but to use them instead in class. >> did you make movie during home run? >> no, this was in math. it was about december mels. >> you can sync it which means the teachers will get it. they can grade you on it. >> what's that all about? coming up, how teachers are getting students to focus with their phones and doing what they can with those phones to achieve higher grades. >> the a.m. fix blog is up and running. join the live conversation now. just go to cnn.com/amfix.
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for the first time she was fired last month in a race-related controversy former usda staffer shirley sherrod is meeting face-to-face with her former boss, agriculture secretary tom vilsack, this morning. vilsack is offering her a job at the department aimed at improving the usda's civil rights efforts. >> during scandal cnn was the first to give sherrod the a chance to set the record straight and debunk the bogus claims of racism. brian todd joins us live from the usda head quarters in washington. hey there, brian. >> reporter: we are waiting for shirley sherrod's arrivaarrival. officials here at the usda eager to put the political fallout from the incident way behind them. you will remember this all came to a head last month when sherrod was forced to resign in the wake of comments posted on the internet, comments from the speech she had made. comments taken way out of context. in those comments she mentioned she didn't go all out to help a white farmer save his farm but
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really she was saying in the full context that wasp posted on the internet was there was a need to move beyond race and was using that incident as an example of that. sherrod has been vindicated and gotten an offer to return and will meet with tom vilsack. noemts. she is not sure if she will take the job. >> he told me he would send the offer in writing. i haven't had a chance to see that yet. i'm not so sure, i'm not so sure going back to the department is the thing to do. i know i have lots of farmers and others in georgia, i have been getting messages saying shirley, please come back to work with rural development in georgia. . brt that's not what the offer is. >> reporter: to clarify what we are told is that the new job
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that she is being offered possibly could be with the department's office of advocacy and outreach. that's the department that's -- division of the department of agriculture charged with improving their civil rights record and the department's imagination wide. her old job was as the department's director of rural programs for the state of georgia. not clear yet if shirley sherrod will take that job. she will meet with agricultural secretary vilsack in a few moments. >> obviously one of the issues that shirley sherrod is going to want to hash out with the secretary is whether or not there was pressure from the white house to force her out and whether or not the white house will be poking its nose into her business once she takes this job, if she takes this job. >> reporter: that's right. there has been conflict about that. shirley sherrod indicated there was strong pressure from the white house to force her to resign. the white house has denied that and say that the president did not take a role in this. neither did his aides, no pressure from the white house. tom vilsack said the same thing.
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. vilsack himself has taken the full brunt of blame for this incident but kind of misunderstood when she said. he reacted too quickly. here is what mr. vilsack had to say about that. >> a good woman, has been put through hell. and i could have done and should have done a better job. i wouldn't learn from that experience. i want the agency and department to learn from that experience. i want us to be stronger for it. >> shirley sherrod said she has no criticism of president obama in this incident and also does not necessarily criticize the naacp which had called for her resignation in the immediate wake of this incident and the naacp has since apologized to her. they have done an about-face and says the naacp was tricked by the video posted online. we will know probably within an hour whether shirley sherrod will rejoin this department.
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>> all right. it will be good to get her reaction as she comes out of that meeting. should be an interesting one. also developing this morning, representative for actor and comedian martin short confirms short's wife died. no details about the time, location or cause of her death. those haven't been released. emergency officials say the fire department responded to an emergency call at the couple's home on saturday. short and dolman were married 30 years and have three children. trapped underground for three weeks. this is just beginning. amazing development in chile. 33 mine earns sent a message saying all of them are fine. the rescue workers are saying kit take at least four months to reach them. former president jimmy carter is going to north korea. the obama administration says that as a private humanitarian mission to free another american from boston detained in china and sentenced to eight years hard labor.
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no word if the government will appeal a plim jerry injunction yesterday that blocks federal funding and halts stem cell research. a judge ruled the work december oys embryotic stem cells that goes against the will of congress. the president signed an order last year that did away with the policy limited funding for human stem cell research. the feds still checking the nation's egg supply for traces of salmonella linked to two iowa farms. they say don't expect the recall to widen so far it is pretty big in its own right. half a billion eggs have been pulled from the store's shelves. the recalls hit 17 states coast to coast. there's too many to name. but if your state is highlighted on the map make sure you check your cartons for a list of eggs listed. the fda announcing another national recall. this one of deli meats. 380,000 pounds of meat may be contaminated with listeria,
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bacteria that can cause potentially a possibly fatal disease. the feds say the meats are in market-side grab and go sandwiches and used by dates between august 20 and september 10th. the fda's website states at least some of that meat went to walmart stores. as you know here in new york, we have been noticinging things cooling down in the northeast. wondering if that's happening across the country. let's go to rob marciano and extreme weather center. how is it looking out there? >> where you are, it is cool and rather damp. heating up in the topics. we have hurricane danielle. it is now a category 2 storm. winds of 100 mails an hour. way out there. we are not too concerned about it at the moment. there's another way of how hot it is and may develop into a storm by later today. a storm that came through the northeast yesterday with wind and rain hanging around. bringing in that cool ocean air. that's why the temperatures will be held down today. some heavy rain across parts of north carolina and central virginia where there's a couple of flash flood warnings out because of the persistent
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rainfall there. 100 in dallas, hot. 96 in l.a. 69 degrees in new york. yeah. definitely one of the cool spots in the country. we will see new 30 minutes. we will -- you will have to brush up on your weather trivia. couple of big things happening on this date in weather history and will share that with you in the next half hour. >> love the trivia. thanks, rob. >> and for all of you science geeks out there, get this. while the big bang theory tells us that the universe is expanding, our moon is shrinking. nasa estimates that the moon's width shrank in total about 200 yards or two football fields. that sounds like a lot. the moon's diameter is 2,160 miles. that's a drive from manhattan to albuquerque. they figured this out looking at ridges on the moon's surface. the man in the moon wasn't responding when they called. >> he said no comment. >> nasa says this could have taken as long as a billion years to happen but since our solar
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♪ ben folds in your honor. welcome back to the most mousse of the morning. primary tuesday. voters in five states are having their say today. looking at the big races in florida, miami, democrat congressman facing a bitter battle from jeff green, celebrity linked real estate billionaire. congressman meek calls greene a meltdown mogul. greene fired back challenging meek's position over moscow. murkowski is facing joe miller. >> the gop slugging it out in arizona. incumbent senator john mccain is
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spending $20 million in his own -- on his campaign against former congressman and conservative talk show host j.d. hayworth. hayworth is accusing mccain of not being a true conservative. listen to what he told our jessica yellin. >> twice denied the presidency. mr. mccain believes that house place in history is to now become the lion of the senate. well, oun become the lion by lying to your constituents. >> for more on mccain's challenge we are joined by the national political reporter for "the arizona republic." good morning. thanks for joining us. this has been a big turnaround, major turnaround. describe it as you will but it has been a turnaround. hayworth was nipping at mccain's heels and now mccain really is seen as having a double-digit lead. what happened? >> i think it is a sign of how serious senator mccain took this
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threat. senator mccain knew he was vulnerable and other establishment lawmakers this year underestimated the threat. mccain did not. he conducted a serious hard-hitting effective campaign. you know, targeting j.d. hayworth, even before hayworth got into the race. so, you know, as of about june, mccain really opened up a lead. the last three polls, mccain had a lead from anywhere from 20 percentage points to 45 percentage points was his largest lead. >> dan, a lot of people think this race may have turned on pretty interesting ad that john mccain ran targeting j.d. hayworth. let's take a look at that report and get you to respond. >> may think what you heard is too good to be true. let me assure you it is real. >> well, it was too good to be true. 24 attorneys general condemned this company for promising people free government money.
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then ripping them off, j.d. hayworth, pork bashl spender, lobbyist. >> that word huckster, that's a tough charge. especially in this political environment where, you know, establishment candidates are getting tossed by the wayside. what did you think of that ad? did it have a big effect on this race? >> i think that was the turning point. the revelation in june that j.d. hayworth appeared in an infomercial. you really had to see the video for -- to appreciate it. hayworth came across as sort of a late-night huckster and mccain had the money to exploit that in a series of really round-the-clock television ads. and what was really effective about it was that, you know, throughout the race, you know, people in the phoenix area of maricopa county were familiar with hayworth, he was a congressman from this area and hls a conservative radio show on
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a local radio station. you know, around greater arizona people knew him as -- took the conservative challenger mccain. they didn't follow him that closely. those -- statewide tv ads focusing on the huckster issue -- >> viral. >> yeah. really was effective in defining hayworth around the state. people that didn't know him that well. >> let's talk about the money factor. >> unfavorable numbers up. >> i want to talk about the money factor. mccain's 20 million to hayworth's 3 million. how big of a factor has it been? does this come down to, you know, resources? how much you can put into it? >> right. it shows you the power of money in politics. mccain had lot of money going into it. hayworth underestimated mccain's ability to spend and willingness to spend so much money so
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quickly. the $20 million figure is impressive -- unprecedented and he can't keep up with that. >> during the battle, senator mccain moved to the right and had another ad that came out and said complete the dang fence and somebody that worked with ted kennedy on immigration reform a few years back. and at one point said that he wasn't a maverick anymore. short of shed that maverick label. how -- do you think that senator mccain's image has taken a hit down in arizona? i mean, i suppose not if he will win this primary challenge. what do you make of the fact that he has sort of changed his m.o. a little bit n. >> well, i think for years, as you -- as you folks know, senator mccain had a special standing in the american politics. he -- like you mentioned, maverick reputation. and he frequently would to the list of the most admired politicians. that sort of thing. and -- the maverick image is
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really a casualty of the campaign. i think from mccain's perspective, he mind jettisoning. >> can't go back and call himself the maverick in the general election. >> right. people are saying he can't really credibly, you know, run back too far to the center if he wins the until nation today. i guess -- >> we have to see how this plays out and it will be an interesting race today. lot of the experts are saying senator mccain will win this challenge. dan, thank for breaking it down for us. >> thanks, dan. >> getting up early. >> no problem. >> thanks for your time. well, a new twitter record. not among kate and i. that would not be the case. which celebrity is number one in most followers on the social networking website? we will take your guesses. please weigh in and we will see if you are bright it.
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>> a $50 million van gogh paint sing stolen from an egyptian museum. was it an inside job? who knows. former fbi undercover agent, robert whitman, with us next.
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>> stop. >> there is a new miss universe this morning. >> i will not take part in this. >> first runner-up is jamaica. new mexico, you are miss universe 2010. >> i wish we could have a thought bubble on the first runner-up when they have to hug. you just got second place. i love you. that's right. miss mexico is miss universe 2010. >> she is second hottest in the universe. that ain't small potatoes. >> she beat out miss jamaica and 80 other contestants for the crown in las vegas last night. fell ebay felipe calderon said congratulations via twitter. >> i'm sure the rest of the universe is okay with this, between only judge in by the women on the planet. >> we are the best. >> we are the best. >> well, speaking of -- unbelievable video, check this
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out. police cruisers' dash cam catches the moment of impact -- look at that. a car flies flew the air and hits a bridge and explodes into pieces. witnesses say that the trooifr was going at least 100 miles per hour. i would say so the way he went airborne there. when he suddenly lost control. the 19-year-old driver -- get this -- this is the only reason we are having a little bit of fun watching this, he was awake and fine when he was taken to the hospital. that just unbelievable. >> yeah. unbelievable. we don't know entirely the circumstances around it. >> i tell you. check this one out. why do i get these this morning? for one real star, it is all about the abs. it is. mike soar tino is a multimillionaire or so -- >> i like the way he flexes his bicep with the jacket on. that's good. >> yeah. you should see the conversations i had with wolf blitzer about this. i don't know. >> copyright infringement there.
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>> he will rake in more than $5 million this year for his tv role and various endorsements. his appearances alone tiply fetch tens of thousands of dollars. >> i'm going to start showing my abs. lady gaga has been crowned the new queen of twitter. can you believe that? tweet that. the singer edged out britney spear was most follow others the site. in her acceptance speech, gaga said may you never have carpel tunnel while tweet. >> live long and prosperous as well. in texting too much series, teachers are desperate to keep their kids -- students' eyes on the textbooks and off of their cell phones. is the distraction robbing some kids of their education? >> as long as they are not tweeting? it could be months before those chilean miners that are trapped are freed.
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that -- i mean, this story we have been following all morning, to think they could have survived this monk. how are they going to survive until christmas? that's what some of the experts are saying in terms of how long this could all last. live report from chile coming up next. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast.
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their phone to school and they use them a lot. even when it isn't allowed. >> now some schools are trying to capitalize, jumping on the bandwagon on cell phone obsession and using it to their advantage. deb feyerick, this is really interesting. you just read into the headline which was kids use -- are using their phones at school and teachers are allowing them. i would be like oh, my god! >> outrage. >> that's right. what do you do? do you jump in or just stay away from it all? i'm always mazed people who in the middle of the conversation will reach for their cell phones or blackberries if the unknown incoming text is somehow more important. it is those kinds of interruptions at schools across the country are wrestling with. coming up with rules and policies that actually work. is suspension the answer? jamming signals. one principal found that and found it wasn't legal. one school is going in a different direction. letting kids as young as 11 use cell phones during class but there is a catch.
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seventh grader caleb has texting in class down to a science. >> open it up. put the phone in there. looking for something, send a text message. >> reporter: hallways are also good. you are moving. always moving. like a shark. his cell phone has been confiscated six times in six months and is not the only one. despite constant reminders from his principal. >> your cell phones are supposed to be where? yes. in your locker. not in class. >> reporter: class is exactly where they end up. according to the pew research center, even in schools that ban cell phone use nearly 60% of all students admit texting during class. a growing problem in schools across the country. >> why are you so addicted to this technology? >> reporter: at bayside high school in florida, students risk being suspended if their phone is confiscated more than once. so for this year 200 kids had their phones taken away. >> stun need to be fully 100%
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auth entitycally engaged in the classroom and pulling out a cell phone and texting to a friend about whatever it is they might be talking about is not the learning environment that i as a principle pam want to promote. >> reporter: despite that zero tolerance policy -- >> we still daily collect cell phones from students that have them out when they are supposed to be learning in the classroom. >> i don't think we are going to stop the tsunami. >> reporter: pediatrician and media expert michael rich says that the reality as kids use more than seven hours of media a day depriving them of it could backfire. >> pandora's box is open here. technology is here. when we need to do is take control of them instead of letting them control us. >> you can't put the genie back in the bottle. the cell phones are here. >> reporter: at this middle school, teachers have decided if you can't bee them, join them. >> it is not really a phone.
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. computer for class. >> reporter: the school handed you on 75 cell phones to fifth graders as a pilot program. >> ellis island. >> reporter: texting and calling features are disabled and internet sites are filtered. phones are used for things like note taking and research. for 11-year-olds, learning is different now. did you make a movie during home run? >> no. this was actually in math. it was about december mels. you can sync it. the teachers will get it and they can grade you on it. >> reporter: it really is helping reinforce the lessons? >> yeah. we are memorizing things so much easier now. >> it is like you want to look at the screen. almost like a mini tv. you are like -- you want to look at it. you don't want to look at a piece of paper. >> reporter: the district is up says that dollar for dollar, buying phones is more be efficient than new computers. there are some educators who just say these should not be in school. what's your response to that? >> i think we are in the middle
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of a new revolution. it is part of who they are today. and why not use something in a positive way that they are bringing with them? >> reporter: as for these fifth graders -- i started texting less when i had it. >> now that i have this, it is more fun to go on the internet on this and experiment with it instead of texting all day like doing nothing. >> it is like bye, phone. >> reporter: now, the kids in the pilot program said their grades went up. the is up told me she could equip an entire classroom with the personal devices that would cost to purchase and maintain a single computer in a lab. this really becomes an equalizer with all kids of all income levels having access to technology and perhaps more importantly guidance on how to best use it. you heard this little boy. he is making a move with you about decimals. it is fun and creative. and it takes the emergency nation in different directions. these children are really thinking in a very different sphere than old jern ration.
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>> very same time while you may be anti-having a cell phone in class, these kind of technologies, this is what people are using and at work, i mean, all different modes and -- all different aspects of their lives. it is -- teaching them how to use the tools they have for research. >> absolutely. even when you think about the number of e-mails you are getting in any single day, there is no rule book that says how do you best manage that information? you get a thousand a day. you know, these kids will have a much better handle on getting rid of extraneous things. the danger is that it is a huge -- in words of one teenager, time sucks. >> 20 kids in a classroom just doing this. >> exactly. >> how does a teacher get their attention? >> teacher doesn't need the attention. he is working on the back barry. >> he will ping them. >> instant message them. >> that was inning. >> see how it plays out. >> 32 minutes after the hour. time for this morning's top
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stories. another deadline beat. another milestone in iraq. military announced that there are now fewer than 50,000 u.s. troops left in the country. this comes a week ahead of the official declaration of an end to the combat operations there. last u.s. combat brigade left last week but troops remain in an advise and assist role. high level meeting today over the planned islamic center and mosque. two blocks from ground zero. new york governor paterson says he plans to discuss it with archbishop timothy dolan. both suggested that moving the islamic center would be a noble gesture. right now, former agriculture department employee shirley sherrod is heading to a meeting with her old boss. secretary tom vilsack offered sherrod a promotion after she was forced to resign over bogus claims of racism. sherrod said she will make a decision about the job after today's meeting. she will be talking with cnn afterwards.
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we want to share some transportation news with our viewers out there because we have a lot of folks here in the northeast who may want to know about this new jersey transit as reporting that service on the northeast corridor has been temporarily suspended because of an amtrak power problem. some trains are being rerouted into and out of hoboken terminal instead of penn station. clearly we can expect some substantial rush hour delays and we will bring you more information on this as soon as we get and it obviously many implications for all those amtrak riders out there, it is a domino effect. we will try to keep you posted on all of that. >> trapped underground for three weeks and this is just the beginning. we have been talking about it all morning and deserves talking about it. amaezing development in chile. 33 miners trapped by a cave-in except a message saying all of them are fine. >> unbelievable. they may not see daylight until christmas, though. rescue workers say it could take at least four months to reach them. karl penhaul is live for us in chile with the latest.
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ka >> reporter: it is something that's really united chile when that news came that the message taped to the drill bit and come back to the surface saying that we are well, all 33 of us are in the shelter. there was spontaneous gatherings in many of the public squares across chile. then last night, when the first communication equipment got down 2, 3shgs 00 feet underground, to those miners, the first thing that the miners did was break out in a rendition of the chilean national anthem. that, again, lifted the spirits of the rescue workers on the surface because that to them is an indication that these miners are in good spirits and they are in mental good health and ready to fight and they are ready to be patient to try to make it up until christmas which is how long it could take to get them out, jim.
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>> well, karl penhaul, i know you will be covering this some time. if the indications are this could last until christmas this will be an amazing story to follow. karl penhaul live for us down in chile. $50 million. $50 million van gogh painting stolen from an ee jipg museum, gone. was it an inside job sf former fbi undercover agent robert whitman will help me figure that one out next. hey, smart, we could stay here foence. i'm a member of this hotel's loyalty program. well, how far away is it? okay, we take a train 40 miles to a dude ranch where we pick up a couple of horses that we ride to a nearby river. then we canoe upstream to a helicopter that takes us to the conference. or we could book with hotels.com and stay closer. see, with welcomerewards, no matter where you accumulate 10 nights, you get a free one. huh. smarter. [ male announcer ] accumulate 10 nights and get a night free. welcomerewards from hotels.com. smart. so smart.
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♪ a box cutter taken to a van gogh painting, beautiful van gogh paining, to free it from its frame. a well-executed heist of paining worth more than $50 million. it hurts my heart to say that. thieves stole the van gogh in cairo. joining me with the details to figure out how this all happened is an expert in the field, robert whitman, former fbi
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undercover agent that recovered more than 200 million in stolen artwork during his 20-year career. robert, thank you so much for joining me. how does this happen in this day and age? essentially -- in broad daylight. how does this happen? is this a usual art theft? using box cutters? >> well, good morning, kate. yeah. it is a shame. it really is. because when someone goes into a museum or anywhere and they can you a painting out of a frame, they are doing irreparable damage. i mean, that's the type of damage that, you know, many times cannot be conserved. especially with van gogh. when van gogh paintings, sometime it is pain was very, very thick. and, you know, when you have paining like that where you cut it out of the frame, you lose pain and lose pieces of the actual canvas. it is a terrible situation. >> i was looking at the details of the situation at this newseum. seven of the dozens of surveillance cameras were working. none of the alarms were working.
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i was thinking really? are you serious? does this imply this might be an inside job? >> first, you know, i think the economic downturn around the world has affected museums international. there was a heist of more than $120 million. in that situation, again, the alarm systems were not working properly. we also know that more than 88%, kate, of museum heists have some type of insider component. it doesn't always mean someone that works there is involved in the actual theft. but people talk and talk about situations. when secure systems are down for a long period of time, the word gets around. >> so where do the authorities go from here? obviously the hunt is on. even though there was some misinformation to begin with they thousand they actually retrieved the painting.
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moving up from that. where do they go from here? lack security, the security system is in place was not working. what clues do they have then to work off of to find these people and find the paintings? >> well, there has to be forensic examination, the frame, to see if the individuals touched the frame. i think there was some video in the museum itself. it has to be checked very closely. i think the next thing they should probably be doing is looking for any kind of video outside the newseum during the whole day. i'm sure there are areas within 100 yards of the museum that have video, cameras, see a suspicious vehicle, something of that nature. and then put out feelers. the egyptian have a very, very good intelligence service, law enforce many service. i'm sure they are out scouring the streets. >> one thing that came up when we started you talking about the story this morning is that -- on the flip side of this story, what happens to the painting? is there actually a market out there for this van gogh now that
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we are all talking about it? is there a market there? can it be sold? >> you know, that's one thing i say in my book, priceless. the true art, art theft, is not the stealing. it is the selling. throughout my career, we had done numerous undercover operations and cases. usually, kate, we recover these art works when they come back to market. and whether it is coming back to market at auction or at a flea market or at an antique shop or sold to the police uncover, that's when the pieces come back to market and recovered. this piece, again, there's nothing that they can do with it. it is so well known and famous. everyone is on the lookout for it. then to try to sell it, it is not going to work out for them. >> you mentioned another high profile heist that happened just recently, the one in paris. there is one in south of france and zurich. string of these a heists recently. in your experience, what's the likelihood that this piece of art will actually be recovered and in what time frame?
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>> well, the -- you know, this piece was stolen in the 1907s as well recovered within a ten-year period. you know, my experience says that, you know, these pieces will be back. i would say 95% chance of recovery. it might take a while. i remember there were cases i was involved with one case was abducted one of the original copies of the bill of rights. it took us 130 years, kate, to get that one back. other ones, six months. depends on the situation. i have a feeling this one will come back quickly because the damage that was done to the painting will make it unsaleable. at some point they are going to get smart and return it. >> that's a horrible part about it, the damage. my goodness. robert whitman, thank you so much. great speaking with you this morning. you can read more about robert whitman's work and experience in cracking the case of stolen artwork in his book "priceless." pick that up. it is a good read. >> meanwhile, power problems are causing massive delays for
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an amtrak power problem. we know that some trains apparently the new jersey transit trains are being rerouted into and out of hoboken instead of new york's penn stati station. it is a mess for a lot of people. >> soledad o'brien is on a 6:00 a.m. train out of new york city and joins us on the phone now. hey there, soledad. good morning. where are you exactly? >> we are somewhere outside of wilmington heading into baltimore. it looks like the power problem is actually right on both sides of the susquehanna river. it is the overhead power wires failed some some way, shape or form which means we are stuck. everybody else is now stuck because they shut it down. it looks like because of the power -- put on battery power. we are sitting here. and we are waiting for them to
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fix the overhead wires. it is a problem affected the whole northeast corridor or a lot of it for amtrak. i guess it is the second time it happened in the last month they had this problem, last time because of the high heat, heat wave in new york city. >> has the conductor anyone been able to give you an indication of how long it could be that you could be stuck? what the kind of alternative plans are here? >> they have been really good about every 10, 15 minutes getting on the p.a. system and filling us in on what's going on. no. i don't think we have a clearance because we are waiting for someone to come and fix the overhead wires between who knows, everybody is sitting and waiting. certainly no one is panic or freaking out or anything. i don't think there is any real clear idea how long it could take. nobody is allowed yet to work on. >> it we are working on live pictures of folks standing at one of the train station ace long the route and we are not seeing any trains pulling into the station. which is not a good sign. and soledad, i have taken that
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route several times. and i can't imagine the passengers there are too pleased. how is everybody holding up now? >> reporter: really well actually. you know. >> what can you do? >> reporter: right. you are stuck on the tracks and had the middle of nowhere. looking at houses and trees. nowhere near a station. those people are people waiting for our train coming in. everybody is calm and waiting. conductors have been good every 10, to 15 minutes filling news as far as what he knows is happening. >> sounds like there is an announcement right now. >> thank you. thank you so much. we hope you get to washington soon. we will keep everyone updated on the developments on when the trains will start moving. it is ten minutes to the top of the hour. what? i didn't buy this cereal to sweet talk your taste buds it's for my heart health. so i can't have any? if you can deprive me of what can help lower my cholesterol... and live with yourself. right.
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welcome back. i'm rob marciano. hurricane danielle now a category 2 storm with winds of 100 miles an hour. the direction is still towards the west, towards the u.s. the forecast still holds. we think it will make a northerly turn towards bermuda and likely stay out to sea. but it may very well get to major hurricane strength status before tend of today. speaking of major storms, on this day 18 years ago, hurricane andrew made landfall in south florida south of miami. the second costliest hurricane on record. and one of only three category 5 storms to hit the u.s. in the last century. little storm across the northeast yesterday. wind and rain today. just back side of this. cool ocean air. drizzly. and definitely on the cool side. heavier rain this morning across parts of virginia and north
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carolina. some of those have been producing flooding rains. check out the numbers from yesterday. sarasota, florida, five inches of rain. sioux city, iowa, over two inches. as a matter of factoring of heavy rainfall in spots. it will be warm out in los angeles. 9 degrees. warm in dallas and 100. not too bad in chicago. high of 84. quick check on the weather. that's not really my style, honey. weird, i can't find it. ♪ [ female announcer ] new tide original with acti-lift technology helps remove many dry stains as if they were fresh. hey! you found it. yeah, it must have been hiding in my closet. [ female announcer ] new tide original with acti-lift. style is an option. clean is not. get acti-lift in these tide detergents.
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just another reason why we can offer a 5-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. and another reason why a chevy's a chevy. giving you an update. very good update actually to bring to you. you are looking at pictures of the transit system. we are told by new jersey transit that service has been restored and it says according to new jersey trance it there will be 60 to 90-minute delays due to the amtrak power problem
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we were telling you about just a few minutes ago. since we talked to our soledad o'brien, we now learned, according to new jersey transit, service is being restored. may be delayed but you will get from point "a" to point "b" today. our building of america segment, progress report on new orleans five years after katrina. the city's reinforced levees and flood walls are already stronger than they were before that storm. are they strong enough? >> tom foreman is live for us in new orleans this morning. good morning, tom. >> reporter: how are you all doing? this is a very serious subject today. many people here are fond of saying there were two disasters five years ago. katrina, big storm that came in. and then after that, the collapse of flood walls and levees that simply had been poorly maintained and poorly designed are not kept up on the level to stand up to that storm. they say that's what really caused the extraordinary damage
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here. the army corps of engineers is an overreaching campaign to fix those problems and put into place a much, much more robust system. they have been making a lot of progress building up. all around new orleans, the federal government's latest promise to keep this city safe from the next big storm is ruse i rising. colonel robert of the army corps of engineers is supervising construction of this two-mile long storm surge barrier across one major waterway. improvements to pumping stations hundreds of miles of levees and flood walls all of which he admits were never what they should have been. >> the walls you are building out here are just fundamentally much, much stronger. >> no doubt about it in every way much stronger and more robust. >> public safety is the top priority of the united states army corps of engineers.
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>> reporter: in promotional videos by the corps, the improvements are billed as technological marvels and anchored by pilings driven deep into the earth and reinforced with clay, rock and concrete. a series of defenses working with natural barriers such as marsh lands to dull the teeth of even the most fierce storm. vick is the engineer in charge. if this system were completed and in place when katrina hit would we have seen the results we did? >> absolutely not. very, very different. >> a lot of denial from the corps of engineers. >> reporter: some locals and other experts have their doubts. and their own movie. a new documentary, the big uneasy. sgting the corps bears much of the blame for not building better levees long ago. their project looks very big and impress. >> yes, it does. >> reporter: you don't have much faith in it? >>

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